Carprofen

Carprofen

medications

Alternate names

Rimadyl, NSAID, NSAIDs

Toxicity to pets

Carprofen, more commonly known by its trade name Rimadyl, is a veterinary-specific non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is commonly used for osteoarthritis, inflammation, and pain control in dogs. Carprofen is occasionally used in cats (typically as an injection around the time of surgery); it should never be given to cats unless done so directly by a veterinarian. When ingested in toxic amounts, it can result in severe gastric ulceration and acute kidney failure in both dogs and cats. Signs of toxicity include vomiting, diarrhea, bloody vomitus, black-tarry stool, inappetance, lethargy, inappropriate urination or thirst, general malaise, abdominal pain, and seizures or death. Rarely, with chronic ingestion, it can result in liver toxicity in dogs.

If you suspect your dog or cat was poisoned by an NSAID, call your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline immediately for life-saving treatment advice. The sooner you treat this, the less expensive and less dangerous to your pet it is!

Common signs to watch for:

  • Vomiting
  • Bloody vomitus
  • Diarrhea
  • Black-tarry stool
  • Inappetance
  • Lethargy
  • Inappropriate urination or thirst
  • General malaise
  • Abdominal pain
  • Seizures

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      Disclaimer

      The content of this page is not veterinary advice. A number of factors (amount of substance ingested, size of the animal, allergies, etc.) determine what is toxic to a particular pet. If you think your pet has eaten something potentially toxic, call Pet Poison Helpline or seek immediate veterinary treatment.